History

Keating International SAS (KI) was formed in 2012 in Lyon FRANCE by Patrick Keating.

 

From 2012-2017 the company was focused mainly on advising, developing and financing the next generation in technology in the global cycling industry. Beginning in 2018 at KI we began a restructuring process by attempting to focus on strategic planning, capital raising, pre and post-IPO positioning and M&A services mainly in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Region of FRANCE. From this intial experience in 2018 we determined that at KI we should narrow our focus even further beginning in 2019 to only providing M&A services to technology entrepreneurs in several different sectors in the technology industry.

The inspiration and name for KI came from Keating International Inc. – a farm equipment dealership - acquired from its previous owner in 1912 by Frank Keating (Great Grandfather of Patrick Keating) in Atkinson Nebraska. Frank had ridden his horse across the frozen prairie of Nebraska from his family’s homestead the Sandhills area to seek a new life for himself in Atkinson. Eventually, he decided to focus on selling farm equipment instead of being a farmer.

A family of entrepreneurs followed with his son Phil Keating taking over the business from him followed by Phil’s sons – John and Robert. After Robert Keating passed away in 1979 John led Keating International until his retirment and closure of the company in 1987. But, in 1990, another entrepreneur – Boyd Mitchell – acquired the site from John and formed the dealership that is today known as Mitchell Equipment.

As one of eight children Patrick learned what it really took to be an entrepreneur from both his father John and mother Dolores. From sweeping the floor to working behind the parts counter while working in his family’s business as a young boy to the time he graduated from university Patrick had to earn the respect of his fellow employees and the customers of Keating International Inc.. 

The impact that his father and family had on him and his success in life led to Patrick’s decision to carry on the family’s business name here in Lyon FRANCE.

 


John Keating, former CEO of Keating International Inc., in front of the newly constructed company headquarters in Atkinson Nebraska - 1984.